BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)– It was a chaotic scene at a Baltimore County Wal-Mart Saturday as the store was evacuated after a brawl inside.

Weijia Jiang reports on how it all unfolded.

Police say what started as a fight between two women ended as a crime scene and a hazmat scare.

It all happened at a Wal-Mart on Washington Boulevard, where shoppers and employees became victims.

“We were starting to get a lot of calls from throughout the store for a lot of patients suffering,” said Glenn Blackwell of the Baltimore County Fire Department. “Irritants to the eyes, respiratory passages.”

Police say Saturday just before 11 a.m., Theresa Jefferson, 33, followed a woman into the store, then approached her in the household cleaning aisle.

They say Jefferson started punching and dousing the victim with bleach and Pine-Sol, which contains ammonia. Mixed with chlorine, it makes a dangerous gas that can burn the eyes and respiratory tract.

The victim and 18 others were rushed to nearby hospitals.

“It’s a little crazy. It’s scary to walk into somewhere families take their kids,” customer Tatiana Gurnsey said.

“It’s a little pathetic, you let something get that violent that you send 18 innocent people to the hospital,” another customer Brad Simmons said.

But the fight didn’t end there. Investigators say after the bleach battle, the suspect came to the nearby Wilkens Police Station to file a protective order against the victim. That’s when officers recognized who she was.

“That officer placed the suspect under arrest at the time when she determined she was a suspect in an assault and not an actual victim,” Officer Shawn Vinson of the Baltimore County Police said.

Police say the victim’s current boyfriend is the father of Jefferson’s child, and the two have fought in the past.

For Wal-Mart’s part, a spokesperson says, “This is not the type of behavior we would expect in one of our stores. We apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused our customers.”

Jefferson is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $350,000 bond, and faces many charges, including assault.

One victim was taken to the eye center at Johns Hopkins. Police do not know the extent of all the injuries but say none of them is life threatening.

Comments (80)
  1. Thankful says:

    Just be glad it was not a gun!

  2. David says:

    I, too, live in Arbutus. I avoid this place like the plague. People are rude. The parking lot is littered with garbage and the bus stop in front of the shopping center is a laden with empty shopping carts and trash.

    God help us.

  3. Robert Novak says:

    This isn’t a blakc or white issue, this is a failure of people to behave properly in public issue…..

    1. NoahFingWhey says:

      Sorry Bob but the overwhelming majority of these incidents involve people if color. There is a template. Once you hear just a few details it is possible to determine the ethnicity of those involved with a 99.9% accuracy rate. Statistics don’t lie no matter how hard you wish it weren’t the case.

      1. Tyrell McPimpscoon says:

        Noah, you are exactly right. it is blacks that do this sorta thing because it is in their genes. good hearted nice folks like Robert can play the “it’s not about race” nonsense…news stories can try to hide the fact that those involved are black…but we all know the truth.

        just axe me…i know

      2. Sorry Noah, says:

        Sorry Noah, but the overwhelming majority of people in Baltimore are Black (68%), ergo, majority of crimes are committed by “people of color”.

        By the way, the PC-speak (“people of color”, and “ethnicity”) doesn’t mean that your comment is any less offensive and, BTW, if you are going to throw around statistics, you should look them up first.

        I bet you that the majority if crime in Mexico is committed by people of Hispanic heritage. Really? Come on.

      3. Cmorfair says:

        Sorry, but Noah is right. Black make up only a small percentage of the population but make up a majority of the crime EVERYWHERE. Whether it is where they are 68% of the population or 2%, you’ll find that more than 50% of the time it’s a “person of color”. Oddly, this fact is true across the pond as well in Great Britain.

      4. Sorry Noah says:

        Cmorfair: What source did you use to get your stats? I used the most current US census. Since you have info I couldn’t nail down, it would be helpful to share your sources. Please.

      5. Cmor Fair says:

        FBI Stats, Justice Dept. Just Google it and you’ll find a wealth of information on how blacks commit most of the crime in the United States. Sad thing is that this is true in Great Britain too!

    2. willy joe says:

      Novak, …I ask you then , why is it always the Blacks 99% of the time?

  4. Fart Box says:


  5. Mike Alright says:

    Stupid modern empowered WOMEN.

  6. Crosscut says:

    Vicious brutality common among this culture. She knew what she was doing.

  7. Alfmaster says:

    They should both go to jail and serve at least a year. This is no way to act. I thought that if you can’t get along the you are to stay away from each other. a bunch of real a$$holes. what if someone’s child got hurt? And they call their self grown women……I don’t think so. Children act better then they did

  8. Solid Citizen says:

    Probably our tax dolars are underwriting these miscreants…

    aisle 8 never looked cleaner….Diverse customers….So many other customers wouldn’t think of making a phosgene cloud to resolve personal conflicts… Embrace the diversity.. Is this woman related to Teonna Brown of Rosedale Mcdonalds infamy? ………….. Quo warranto, B.O.?

    1. Solid Citizen says:

      “Dollars” not “dolars”

      1. Gaseous Citizen says:

        “Chlorine” not “phosgene”

      2. You ARE using a computer... says:

        You should at least pretend to be smart by looking up “phosgene” before you “correct” the poster. LOL!

  9. Cmorfair says:

    LOL, I knew it would be “African”-Americans. Where are the black leaders on this one? No one to shake down I guess.

    From the posts, it seems that America is waking up to the fact that blacks are causing most of the problems in the USA.

    Facts aren’t racist.

    1. Noamsayn? says:

      Fax be rayciss an sheeeit.

  10. Patrick says:

    “They say Jefferson started punching and dousing the victim with bleach and Pine-Sol, which contains ammonia. Mixed with chlorine, it makes a dangerous gas that can burn the eyes and respiratory tract.”

    Yeah, it’s called PHOSGENE and it was used as a poison gas during World War 1. This is high-powered stuff and the failure to name it is a travesty. Those affected by it need to know what it is.

    1. You ARE using a computer... says:

      Oh thank heaven, I knew sooner or later someone would take three seconds to look up PHOSGENE on Wikipedia.

  11. sheriff says:

    Typical of how Blacks handle resolution matters…..VIOLENCE. These low life N****R’s are loud, uncouth & a drain on the taxpayers resources. Baby momma needs to hold her man & not let the other one get Boned” by Rufus the tar baby.

    1. Sheriff is a woman says:

      LOL, sheriff, you’re late and your comments are relatively tame compared to the other crackers on here. LOLOL!!! Awww… you failed to be the most offensive this time.

    2. RDNKKKGRL says:

      lol u r too funny sheriff

  12. Cleanup in aisle 6. Can’t believe nobody else was thinking this….

  13. RWB says:

    Why do we allow stores to sell these dangerous chemicals. What if terrorists get a hold of them. We need a purchase waiting period, and we need people to sign for cleaning products to protect national security,

  14. Noamsayn? says:

    Another day, another CHIMPOUT from these worthless subhumans!

  15. clorexxa de spill says:

    girl you could have got you some extra free health care.

    and shutup rest yall. that’s why peple dont like talkin on the interwebs. i hatechu all and you should to girl

  16. clorexa de spill says:

    thank you for my free health care hard all you well educated hard working working americans, obama 2012, yeaaah

  17. sheriff says:

    Sorry Noah, Ok, if the majority of crime is committed by a particular race because they are the dominant I accept. Let’s take Balto county which is still predominately white yet Blacks account for over 65% of all the violent crime. Explain that one dude.

  18. Poetry says:

    certainly like your website however you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the truth then again I’ll surely come back again.

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